This is specialized and complex professional public health and nutrition work as a Senior Public Health Nutritionist in the West Palm Beach WIC Center. Employee plans and provides comprehensive nutrition care and education services within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in health clinics and other community settings. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor. Incumbent is expected to communicate (by phone or in person) in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
This position is designated as a sensitive position and the position is required to maintain confidential information in accordance with the Department of Health and the Palm Beach County Health Department Information Security policies, protocols and procedures. Confidential information data sets include: Social Security; WIC, and; Administrative.This position may view, update or release confidential information. Incumbent has access to the WIC FL WISE System, Internet, email, QFLOW, and HMS to enter EARS.
Complies with the mandatory requirements in Section 215.422 F.S. and Chapter 3A-24 Florida Administrative Code regarding prompt payment process of special formula.
Assesses nutritional and dietary needs of high risk and medically high risk clients in the community. Provides nutritional care, management and education for high risk clients in primary care clinics. Utilizes FL WISE to review medical data, determines nutritional care needs, develops plan of care. Utilizes HMS Lab screens to view lab result and completed nutritional assessment. Provides individual and group nutritional counseling for the client population. Certifies eligible clients for the WIC Program and provides or arranges for required follow-up. Works with Breastfeeding Coordinator to organize, promote, and support breastfeeding for WIC clients. Documents client contacts and services in appropriate records.
Participates in development and revision of protocols and standards of care. Participates in Community Health Division, WIC Program and health center quality improvement activities. Participates in teams or committees as appropriate. Participates in the provision and/or arrangement of on-the-job training of staff for nutrition staff.
Provides nutrition services in off-site facilities serving health center clients. Develops referral network with community groups and agencies serving PBCHD clients. Participates in WIC outreach activities. Coordinates WIC referrals from private providers and HMO’s. Participate in the development of the WIC Program Plan and program objectives.
Provides expert consultation and technical assistance to health care professionals and health center staff. Works with health care team to ensure that comprehensive nutritional care is provided for clients. Assists in providing field experience for nutrition students and interns. Participates in staff meetings, in-service training and other staff development activities. Provides continuing education and consultation for WIC staff, CHD staff and community agencies or organizations.
May be required to perform hemoglobin/hematocrit tests according to DOH, PBCHD Laboratory Procedure Manual and DHM 150-24 as required. If no recent hemoglobin information is available performs finger sticks to obtain blood sample using universal precautions. Disposes of blood contaminated materials in compliance with OSHA regulations. Cleans and sanitizes blood collection area and equipment.
Interprets and disseminates current scientific information for target audiences. Utilizes mass media for dissemination of nutrition information. Plans and coordinates assembly of audio and visual teaching aids.
Maintains records and reports. Complete other reports as required and according to established deadlines.
Performs other related work as required.
Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
•Knowledge of the science and application of normal and therapeutic nutrition
•Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
•Ability to evaluate, analyze and organize information to develop appropriate course of action
•Ability to organize work and control use of time
•Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
•Ability to develop and implement education plans and supporting materials
•Knowledge of the policies, philosophy and procedures of the WIC Program
Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
Licensed as a Dietitian/Nutritionist in accordance with Chapter 468.509, Florida Statutes, or be eligible to practice dietetics in accordance with Chapter 64B8 - 40 to 45., Florida Administrative Code.
Other job-related requirements for this position:
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Work hours may be adjusted to accommodate evening and/or weekend clinics or activities
Several locations throughout Palm Beach County may be filled from this posting.